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This in fact is only the beginning.    From that day. groups

of men and women go to other hamlets and villages, singing and

dancing to the accompaniment of drums and horns. Wherever

tkey go? people receive them with friendliness and give them

presents of food and money.

The money so   raised   is   used for  buying   toddy   for

community drinking.

Konda Jakara is the goddess of hunting. Gadabas believe

that the way to propitiate her is through successful hunting. The

catch may be big game like a boar or a stag. It may be a puny

rabbit or a squirrel or-even a common crow. The goddess Is

pleased with the offering, provided it is the result of hunting. As

her children, it is their duty is to hunt on that day.

Feasting, drinking, singing, and dancing the Gadabas

manifest their loyalty to the Devata.

The festival brings young men and women into intimate

contact for a number of days during which   new matrimonial

alliances are struck up on the basis of mutual understanding


2.   Mother Desi

The Gadadas celebrate CkVaaraalu" to Mother Desi. They

fear this goddess, for, she is the cause of epidemics and catural


The priestess of Desi Talii (Mother) is known as '" Ejjarakr'.

When the goddess hovers over the priestess, the Ejjaralu

loses consciousness, sways forward and dackward and groans and

shouts like an animal. After the people gather round her she

shouts the message of the goddess. She demands offerings of

cocoanttt, pig, or sheep or cock. She rails at the people for

ignoring her. In her wrath, she threatens to inflict fever, epidemics

and death on all of them.